In August 2020, Ade transitioned from a companion into an Emmaus North East employee. Ade is now a valued member of the team and works as one of our van drivers.
I came out of prison and had nowhere to go. I ended up in Brighton and it was very different. You have to look after yourself, protect yourself and try not to be to vulnerable. After a while on the streets you get into a system. You work out where to find food and eventually I realised you can find help and support. This is when your life changes. I had no issues with drugs or alcohol and this helped me in Emmaus.
9 years. It would have been 10 years in November 2020.
I found out through our Managers. I was applying for work anyway before I knew the Emmaus job was coming up. Community Leader John Harrison asked me if I would be interested in the job advertised and after an interview it went from there.
I enjoy keeping the customers happy and delivering a good service. I also like having a companion with me and them knowing they can progress and go into staff roles like me. I can be a positive role model and example.
It’s a new lease of life. You have more belief in yourself and self-worth. Its hard to explain but it is great.
Fantastic, great. The landlord is good and the accommodation is good. It is quiet
May 28th 2020.
Apart from the peace and quiet? You have that stability and a sense of normality. I feel myself again, sometimes in Emmaus you get stuck in a bit of a bubble.
Happier. I’m not lonely, but it can be. In Emmaus people are around 24/7. But it is worthwhile as you have a job to come into and your own space. If I did not have a job it would be very different. If I was not in this job would remain a companion
I passed my mentoring suicide social care 2/3 and I’m doing my drug and alcohol course. I would like to go into a support role. I’m starting at the bottom and when other positions come up you can go into another role.
It has been good, bad, happy, sad. Lost friends. If it was not for Emmaus I don’t know where I would be. Also when you travel through the Emmaus communities you have to slip into the right one at the right time. It is about finding your niche and the employment opportunities. It’s not for everyone but would recommend it to everyone who asks.
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